Best of 2017 (Sort of)

To start, this blog is an online personal journal, so if you are reading this, I am warning you that this will be another nonsensical post, a waste of space and time.

17 Best Books I’ve Read So far… (or those books that really left me shattered or boggled and/or inspired).

  1. East of Eden by John Steinback (Read: May 2017)
  2. Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Read: June 2009 and re-read many times)
  3. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (Read: February 2014)
  4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Read: December 2016)
  5. Para Kay B by Ricky Lee (Read: October 2010 and re-read many times)
  6. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Read: July 2015)
  7. Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Read: October 2016)
  8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Read:  September 2015)
  9. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (Read: February 2014)
  10. Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik  Backman (Read: June 2017)
  11. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (Read: December 2013)
  12. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Read: June 2013)
  13. Si Amapola sa 65 Kabanata by Ricky Lee (Read: November 2014)
  14. The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies (Read: October 2014)
  15. Kung Alam Nyo Lang by Ricky Lee (Read: November 2017)
  16. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (Read: January 2015)
  17. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Read: April 2014)

17 Best Songs I’ve Listened to so far… (or songs that I couldn’t get over. It’s either I am speechless while listening to it or I would be dancing or singing my heart out)

 

 

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Lyrics, Music and Life

Where words fail, music speaks.

-Hans Christian Andersen

 

I love to imagine this world filled of music, like in High School Musical. When words seem to be nowhere to be found, we’ll just sing along with the music playing on our background.

Music has its way of affecting our lives. Happy music makes us happy. Sad songs make us sad. Mad songs make us mad. Crazy songs make us crazy.

Life has more meaning when listening to music. However, we should be cautious on what we listen to. Have you ever listened to sad songs in a bright sunny day and all of a sudden you feel gloomy? That’s what I am trying to say.

You want to be sad? Listen to sad songs.

You want to be angry? Listen to loud and violent music.

You want to get confused? Listen to pop music that speaks rebellion and sexual immorality or songs with profane and nonsense words.

We really don’t like to be sad, angry and confused, right? Try to look at your playlist now. Which of the songs there are really making you feel negative? Contemplate. Then delete those! I know that it is hard to delete those songs, trust me! But I’ve been there, I deleted some of the songs which didn’t glorify God, it’s hard but it is worth it.

Don’t get me wrong; those kinds of music sometimes gave us the guts or an inspiration to write good songs, good novels and stories (most especially sad songs). If you don’t like to delete it, at least don’t put it on your daily playlist, put it on the “songs for inspiration of writing” playlist. I think that may do. But seriously, I don’t like to sound pushy but prevent yourself from listening to those.


 

“…guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith…”

– 1 Timothy 6:20-21

 


 

-my somewhat reflection for my weekly devotional of Refuel by Ru dela Torre

Favorite Songs

Do you remember these lines, “This could be the start of something new, it feels so right to be here with you…” “What time is it, summertime, anticipation…” “Take my hand,  take a breathe, pull me close and take one step…” ?  These are song lines from my favorite musical movie, HIGHSCHOOL MUSICAL.

Like HSM, I want my life to be a musical one since I love singing, listening to music and writing one. I think when things get boring, get messy, or get confusing, music is the one you can turn up to.

I have several favorite songs, and I wanted these songs to be played to be played in my wedding or in my funeral or any event for my commemmoration:

1. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts (I imagine this to be my wedding song)
2. Can I Have this Dance from HSM (this song is just so sweet plus Zac Efron’s voice)
3. Alive by J.Lo (this song is about surviving life and being happy and contented about it)
4. Count on You by Jordin Sparks and Big Time Rush (I imagime this to be the song when I will finally fall inlove)
5. Never Gone by Colton Dixon (this song is kind of an assurance that Jesus never left and will never leave. Good song when you’re down and feels like no one’s there for you).
6. How He Loves by Flyleaf (this song is an affirmation that God loves you no matter what)
7. Get Back by Demi Lovato (I love this song simply because it’s Demi’s)
8. Homeless Heart by Jennette McCurdy (I just love this. You need to listen to this… a very very good song about friendship/relationship)
9. La La Land by Demi Lovato (well, it’s Demi’s song and of course a good song about uniqueness and being different)
10. Ordinary Day by Vanessa Carlton (the lyrics is so amazing… a story, a dream and a wish come true. I want this to be played at my wedding)
11. Little Things by One Direction (I wanted for a man to tell me all these things)
12. More by Matthew West (song about God’s love for you and me. A very sweet song).
13. What are Words by Chris Medina (this is about LOVE, a never ending love)
14. My Love is Like a Star by Demi Lovato (when I’m hearing this song, I am feeling God’s love for me)
15. The Only Exception by Paramore (I said I will never fall in love but you are the only exception… sweet)
16. Jump Around by Planet Shakers (a song about how enjoyable is to worship God)
17. Rise and Sing by Planet Shakers (a worship song… one of the first worship songs I’ve heard)
18. Nothing is Impossible by Planet Shakers (I’m feeling hype when I’m hearing this song)
19. Scandal of Grace by Hillsong (for me, this is the most powerful song sung by Hillsong)
20. Who Says by Selena Gomez (a song about being yourself)
21. Butterfly Fly Away by Miley Cyrus (a song of letting go wth your comfort zone)
22. A Thousand Years (for me, this is God’s song for me… I have died everyday waiting for you)

Well, these are not in order because its hard for me to choose, hehe…

What’s yours?